Nuriya Al Sebih the new Minister of Education and Higher Education is a retired top bureaucrat who has served in different positions related to education.
This is her first high governmental position and a big advancement for Kuwait, a conservative religious state.
Unlike neighbouring Saudi Arabia, in Kuwait there are no restrictions on women’s dress code and they are free to wear or neglect the hijab. Nonetheless, a controversy around women and the Muslim law erupted when Kuwaiti Islamist MPs asked the new minister to wear the hijab and she refused
. Though the Parliament speaker upheld her right of dress while attending session, the Islamist and tribal parties form a majority in Kuwait’s parliament and continue to grumble.
Kuwait News Agency: Cabinet profiles
Kuwaiti Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah approved a new 16-member cabinet with two women ministers for the first time: Maasouma Al Mubarak who was moved from communications to the health ministry, and Nuriya Al Sebih who was given the education portfolio.